The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
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Thursday, Jan. 15 (7:30 p.m.)
NOTHING BUT A MAN (Cinema V, 1964)
A groundbreaking work filmed during the tumult of the mounting civil rights movement, this independent film tells the story of Duff (Ivan Dixon), a railroad worker from the wrong side of the tracks who falls in love with a preacher's genteel schoolteacher daughter (Abbey Lincoln). Proud Duff commands respect, a stand that angers his white employers and frightens his father-in-law. Directed by Michael Roemer, the drama features a largely black cast in a story that transcends race and looks at issues of class and gender. In 1964, “Nothing But a Man” won the San Giorgio Prize at the Venice Film Festival, awarded to films considered especially important for the progress of civilization. The film was added to The National Film Registry in 1993.
Black & white, 95 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.)
CAIN AND MABEL (Warner Bros., 1936)
Clark Gable and Marion Davies star in this romantic comedy about a prizefighter and a Broadway dancer who go along with a publicist’s idea of concocting a phony romance for publicity. In truth, they can’t stand each other – at least, not at first. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, the film features elaborate musical production numbers and a supporting cast of favorite character actors including Allen Jenkins, Roscoe Karns, Walter Catlett and Ruth Donnelly. The Oscar-nominated RKO comedy short “Dummy Ache” starring Edgar Kennedy will be shown before the feature.
Black & white, 90 minute feature, 18 minute short
Friday, Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.)
ODDITIES AND SHORTS
This screening will feature both fictional short subjects and actuality footage that was recently preserved by the Library of Congress Film and Video Preservation labs. Included on the program is “Two Tars,” (MGM, 1928) starring Laurel and Hardy as two sailors on shore leave who get themselves and dozens of innocent bystanders in a huge traffic jam; The National Film Registry title “A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire” (April, 1906), a rare record of San Francisco's principal thoroughfare and downtown area before their destruction in the great earthquake and fire; “San Francisco after the Fire” (1906), and “A Tour of the Thomas H. Ince Studio” (1920). Plus quite a few surprises!
Black & white, approximately 120 minutes
Saturday, Jan. 24 (7:30 p.m.)
SILENT MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
FEEL MY PULSE (Paramount, 1928)
Bebe Daniels stars as Barbara Manning, a sheltered rich girl and hypochondriac. When Barbara inherits a health sanitarium, she moves in hoping for a cure for her many imagined illnesses. But it turns out the place is actually a front for bootleggers and a hideout for criminals on the lam, which gives Barbara just the jolt of excitement and romance she needs. Gregory La Cava directed this silent comedy that also stars William Powell, Richard Arlen and Heinie Conklin. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 63 minutes
THE AIR MAIL (Paramount, 1925)
Air mail pilot Russ Kane comes to the aid of a young woman and her invalid father who are stranded in a ghost town and badly in need of medicine. Russ and his teenaged sidekick Sandy engage in battles with a gang of dope smugglers in the air and escaped convicts on the ground as they set out to accomplish their mission. Directed by Irvin Willat, this adventure story, filmed when transporting mail by airplane was still quite new, stars Warner Baxter, Billie Dove and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. This is an incomplete print recently preserved by the Library of Congress Film Preservation Lab from the only known material on this title. Andrew Earle Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 40 minutes
Thursday, Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m.)
MARY OF SCOTLAND (RKO, 1936)
John Ford directed this historical drama that stars Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, whom England's Queen Elizabeth I (Florence Eldridge) considers a royal threat. Confined to her quarters after a palace coup, Mary eventually escapes and flees to England -- where she doesn't receive a warm reception. Fredric March and Douglas Walton co-star as the ill-fated monarch's love interests. The film was based on Maxwell Anderson's blank-verse play and adapted for the screen by Dudley Nichols.
Black & white, 123 minutes
Friday, Jan. 30 (7:30 p.m.)
THRILLER DOUBLE FEATURE
I WAKE UP SCREAMING (20th Century-Fox, 1941)
When model and would-be actress Vicky Lynn is murdered, police interrogate Vicky’s manager, Frankie Christopher (Victor Mature) and her sister Jill (Betty Grable). Though both are released and other suspects are questioned, a particularly tenacious detective continues to go after Frankie and piles up circumstantial evidence against him. Frankie turns to the distrustful Jill who may have information that will clear him. H. Bruce Humberstone directed this entertaining film noir which also stars Carole Landis and Laird Cregar.
Black & white, 82 minutes
THE HUMAN MONSTER (Monogram, 1939)
Béla Lugosi stars as Dr. Orloff, a mysterious physician and insurance agency proprietor who becomes the primary suspect in a series of grisly London murders. Released as “The Dark Eyes of London” in Britain, it became the first British film to receive the "H" rating for "Horrific." Walter Summers directed this adaptation of the 1924 novel by Edgar Wallace.
Black & white, 73 minutes
Saturday, Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.)
DARLING (Embassy, 1965)
Julie Christie won the Academy Award for Best Actress in her first leading role as up-and-coming fashion model Diana Scott, who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Dirk Bogarde portrays a television news reporter and Laurence Harvey a public relations mogul, both of whom Diana Scott uses to further her ambitions. The biting social satire also won Oscars for best original screenplay and best costumes, while both the film and its director, John Schlesinger, scored Oscar nominations.
Black & white, 128 minutes
Thursday, Feb. 5 (7:30 p.m.)
INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS: STORIES OF THE KINDERTRANSPORT (Warner Bros., 2000)
Just prior to World War II, a rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror when 10,000 Jewish and other children were sent from their homes and families to live with foster families and in group homes in Great Britain. This Oscar-winning film was directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, writer and director of another Oscar winner, "The Long Way Home," and was produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, whose mother was among the children evacuated. The film examines the bond between parent and child, uncovering the anguish of the parents who reluctantly acknowledged they could no longer protect their children, but through their love saw a chance to protect them, by proxy if not proximity. Interviews with the surviving children reveal feelings of abandonment and estrangement that often took years to overcome. The film is a tribute not only to the children who survived, but to the people of England who agreed to rescue the refugees when U.S. leadership would not. Narrated by Judi Dench, the documentary was added to the National Film Registry in December, 2014.
Black & white and Color, 122 minutes
Friday, Feb. 6 (7:30 p.m.)
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (Paramount, 1986)
The late John Hughes, the king of both 1980s family comedy ("Home Alone") and teen angst ("Sixteen Candles"), achieved a career highpoint with this funny, heartfelt tale of a teenage wiseacre (Matthew Broderick) whose day playing hooky leads not only to a host of comic misadventures but also, ultimately, to self-realization for both him and his friends. Hughes’ manner of depicting late-20th-century youth—their outward and inward lives—finds a successful vehicle in the "everyman" appeal of lead Broderick, whose conning of his parents is really an honest and earnest attempt to help his best friend. With the city of Chicago serving as backdrop and a now-iconic street performance of "Twist and Shout" serving as the film’s centerpiece, Ferris Bueller emerged as one of film’s greatest and most fully realized teen heroes. Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey and Jeffrey Jones co-starred in the film. This is Hughes’ first film on The National Film Registry and was added in December, 2014.
Color, 103 minutes
Saturday, Feb. 7 (7:30 p.m.)
A STAR IS BORN (Warner Bros., 1954)
Conceived as a comeback role for a troubled Judy Garland who hadn’t appeared in a film in four years, this powerful musical remake of the 1937 hit “A Star is Born” showcased her vocal, dancing and acting talents as none of her previous films ever had. James Mason costars as the alcoholic, self-destructive actor Norman Maine who takes small-time cabaret girl Esther Blodgett (Garland) under his wing, changes her name to Vicki Lester and coaches her to movie stardom as his own career is fading. Directed by George Cukor with an insightful script by Moss Hart and memorable songs by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, the film was critically acclaimed, but performed poorly at the box office. Motion picture exhibitors complained about the original 181 minute length of the film, so Warner Bros. cut 27 minutes, including two musical numbers and some development scenes. The 1983 restored version with most of the deleted material returned will be screened. Some of the missing footage had to be reconstructed using pan and scan of production stills, accompanied by the restored dialogue. The film earned six Oscar nominations including best leading actor for Mason and best leading actress for Garland and was selected for preservation in The National Film Registry in 2000.
Color, 182 minutes
Thursday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.)
YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (20th Century-Fox, 1939)
Henry Fonda portrays the future 16th President of the United States in a brief period of his life, as he rises from a country boy born in a log cabin to a lawyer in Springfield, Ill., defending two young men unjustly accused of murder. Directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, the fictionalized biography received an Academy Award nomination for Lamar Trotti for "Best Original Screenplay." Though Lincoln is portrayed in this film as a bit of a rogue, Ford stated that he wanted the picture “to give the feeling that even as a young man you could sense that there was going to be something great.” The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2003.
Black & white, 100 minutes
Thursday, Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.)
THE BIG LEBOWSKI (Gramercy, 1998)
From the unconventional visionaries Joel & Ethan Coen (the filmmakers behind "Fargo" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?") came this 1998 tale of kidnapping, mistaken identity and bowling. As they would again in the 2008 "Burn After Reading," the Coens explore themes of alienation, inequality and class structure via a group of hard-luck, off-beat characters suddenly drawn into each other’s orbits. Jeff Bridges, in a career-defining role, stars as "The Dude," an LA-based slacker who shares a last name with a rich man whose arm-candy wife is indebted to shady figures. Joining Bridges are John Goodman, Tara Reid, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and, in a now-legendary cameo, John Turturro. Stuffed with vignettes—each staged through the Coens’ trademark absurdist, innovative visual style—that are alternately funny and disturbing, "Lebowski" was only middling successful at the box office during its initial release. However, television, the Internet, home video and considerable word-of-mouth have made the film a highly quoted cult classic.
Color, 117 minutes
Friday, Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.)
RIO BRAVO (Warner Bros., 1959)
As legend goes, this Western, directed by Howard Hawks, was produced in part as a riposte to Fred Zinnemann’s "High Noon." The film trades in the wide-open spaces for the confines of a small jail where a sheriff and his deputies are waiting for the transfer of a prisoner and the anticipated attempt by his equally unlawful brother to break the prisoner out. John Wayne stars as sheriff John T. Chance and is aided in his efforts to keep the law by Walter Brennan, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Angie Dickinson is the love interest and Western regulars Claude Akins, Ward Bond and Pedro Gonzalez are also featured. A smart Western where gunplay is matched by wordplay, "Rio Bravo" is a terrific ensemble piece and director Hawks’ last great film. Selected for The National Film Registry in December, 2014.
Color, 141 minutes
Saturday, Feb. 21 (2:00 p.m.)
BACK TO THE FUTURE (Universal, 1985)
Writer/director Robert Zemeckis explored the possibilities of special effects with the 1985 box-office smash “Back to the Future.” With his writing partner Bob Gale, Zemeckis tells the tale of accidental time-tourist Marty McFly. Stranded in the year 1955, Marty (Michael J. Fox)—with the help of Dr. Emmett Brown (played masterfully over-the-top by Christopher Lloyd)—must not only find a way home, but also teach his father how to become a man, repair the space/time continuum and save his family from being erased from existence. All this, while fighting off the advances of his then-teenaged mother. This sci-fi comedy adventure was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2007. “Luxo Jr.” and “Tin Toy,” two animated shorts from Pixar that are also on the NFR, will be shown before the feature.
Color, 116 minute feature, 7 minutes of shorts
Saturday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.)
THE DRAGON PAINTER (Robertson-Cole Distributing, 1919)
After becoming Hollywood’s first Asian star, Japanese-born Sessue Hayakawa, like many leading film actors of the time, formed his own production company—Haworth Pictures (combining his name with that of director William Worthington)—to gain more control over his films. "The Dragon Painter," one of more than 20 feature films his company produced between 1918 and 1922, teamed Hayakawa and his wife Tsuru Aoki in the story of an obsessed, untutored painter who loses his artistic powers after he finds and marries the supposed "dragon princess." His passion and earlier pursuit of her had consumed him with the urge to create. Reviewers of the time praised the film for its seemingly authentic Japanese atmosphere, including the city of Hakone and its Shinto gates, built in Yosemite Valley, California. This lyrical drama was added to the National Film Registry in December, 2014. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment for the program which includes the National Film Registry comedy short “One Week,” starring Buster Keaton.
Black & white, 53 minute feature, 20 minute short
Thursday, Feb. 26 (7:30 p.m.)
THE GANG’S ALL HERE (20th Century-Fox, 1943)
Although not remembered as well today as those put out by MGM, 20th Century-Fox’s big Technicolor musicals stand up well in comparison. Showgirl Alice Faye, Fox’s No. 1 musical star, is romanced by a soldier who uses an assumed name and then turns out to be a rich playboy. Carmen Miranda is also featured and her outrageous costume is highlighted in the legendary musical number "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat." Busby Berkeley, who had just finished a long stint directing musicals at MGM and an earlier one at Warner Bros., directs and choreographs the film that was added to the National Film Registry in December, 2014.
Color, 103 minutes
Friday, Feb. 27 (7:30 p.m.)
THE WILD BUNCH (Warner Bros., 1969)
Aging desperadoes out for a final payday learn too late and at too high a cost that they have become obsolete. The movie employed techniques such as double-printing action moments, seen in succession from different angles, with liberal use of slow-motion and lots of blood, that were used as a storytelling device, almost more than the script. Sam Peckinpah’s direction, brilliant performances by the entire cast (including William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Emilio Fernández and Strother Martin), outstanding cinematography and editing make it a true American classic. The landmark Western received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score and was added to the National Film Registry in 1999. Rated R, No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 145 minutes.
Saturday, Feb. 28 (7:30 p.m.)
SHOES (Universal, 1916)
Renowned silent era writer-director Lois Weber drew on her experiences as a missionary to create "Shoes," a masterfully crafted melodrama heightened by Weber’s intent to create, as she noted in an interview, "a slice out of real life." Weber’s camera empathetically documents the suffering her central character, an underpaid shopgirl (Mary MacLaren) struggling to support her family, endures daily—standing all day behind a shop counter, walking in winter weather in shoes that provided no protection, stepping on a nail that pierces her flesh. Combining a Progressive era reformer’s zeal to document social problems with a vivid flair for visual storytelling, Weber details Eva’s growing desire for the pair of luxurious shoes she passes each day in a shop window, her self-examination in a cracked mirror after she agrees to go out with a cabaret tout to acquire the shoes, her repugnance as the man puts his hands on her body, and her shame as she breaks down in tears while displaying her newly acquired goods to her mother. The film, which opens with pages from social worker Jane Addams’s sociological study of prostitution, was acclaimed by "Variety" as "a vision of life as it actually is ... devoid of theatricalism." It was added to the National Film Registry in December, 2014. Makia Matsumura will provide live musical accompaniment for the program which includes the National Film Registry comedy shorts “Mabel’s Blunder” and “Matrimony’s Speed Limit.”
Black & white, 60 minute feature, 20 minutes of shorts
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Last Updated: 01/23/2015